Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on October 1, 2010
Moscow, Russia – Police arrested several anti-gay protesters as they tried to interrupt a city-approved gay-rights rally. Gay Activists are thrilled at the difference in police behavior since homophobe Mayor Luzhkov was fired earlier this week.
The gay-rights activists – led by Nikolai Alexeyev were protesting Swiss International Airline’s role in the government-kidnapping of Mr. Alexeyev. But several anti-gay protesters tried to break up the group and their rally. Thankfully, the police intervened quickly.
On Friday, Alexeyev and the other activists held aloft posters accusing the Swiss airline of complicity in kidnapping, while police arrested at least four protesters trying to sabotage their rally.
“The police worked professionally, and we are thankful to them,” said Alexeyev, who has been roughed up and detained several times by police in the past. “They protected us.”
But he added: “I am sure we were allowed to protest just because Luzhkov left.” He predicted a new era of openness under Luzhkov’s successor, who is yet to be named.